Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham and Northumberland

Big Brothers Big Sisters of South-West Durham and Northumberland (BBBSSWDN) is a registered charity serving vulnerable children, youth and their families. Our Vision is that all young people realize their full potential. Our Mission is to enable life-changing mentoring relationships to ignite the power and potential of young people.

Since 1973, BBBSSWDN has been making a positive difference in the lives of children and youth by delivering a wide range of mentoring programs. These are offered on both a one-to-one and group basis, in school, the community and virtually.

-          Community One-to-One Mentoring engages children ages 6 to 16 years old. Children are matched with a caring adult mentor. Bigs and Littles meet on a one-to-one basis in the community for three hours each week, for at least a year.

-          In-School Mentoring matches an adult mentor with a child from Kindergarten to grade 8 to spend one hour a week on a one-to-one basis in the school setting for the duration of the school year. This program gives children who face challenges in the school setting, the chance to develop social and emotional skills, confidence and self-esteem, an improved attitude towards school, and improved school attendance.

-          Go Girls! engages girls ages 11-14 and focuses on physical activity, healthy eating, and positive social and emotional development in a group setting. The single, most important goal of the program is to positively shape the lives of young women and girls by helping them build a positive self-image – setting them on a path to reach their full potential in life.

-          Switch Gears is a group program for male youth, ages 10-14, to develop positive and healthy emotional and mental health with a focus on healthy masculinities. Switch Gears promotes community and personal safety and positive relationships for young men.

-          The Little Studio engages children and youth ages 9-14 who can benefit from group mentorship and expression through the arts. The Little Studio provides weekly discussions and arts-based activities with the goal of enhancing social connectedness, self-reflection, communication, coping skills, and self-confidence.

-          Power Play offers youth ages 10-15 with a positive environment to take part in weekly group sports activities (ie. yoga, soccer, basketball, etc.). Each week BBBS Mentors and Certified Instructors deliver sport activities and skill development, discussions on topics to promote a healthy lifestyle and mental health and well-being.

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185 Brock Street North, #200,

Whitby, Ontario L1N 4H3